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Analysis and comments on The Negro Mother by Langston Hughes

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Comment 16 of 176, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 6:54 AM.

This poem represents truth in what African-Americans had to suffer through
and endure. This poem promotes the strength of endurance and dreams coming
to life. I am Caucasian and lived through desegration as a child. We were
poor and lived in a predominitely black neiborhood. The children in the
neighborhood were bussed to all white schools. I can remember getting on
the bus and police had to guard our bus because the "white people" wanted a
race war. It was terrifying. I can remember the feeling of relief of
leaving on the bus and getting away from the hatred and violence that
threatened the African children everyday. It is very heart wrenching to see
a African student to be threatened and put down, not because of anything
that he did but simply because of the color of his skin. To see the
struggle in his eyes and the plea for peace and acceptance leaves you with
a feeing of emptiness and pain. About halfway through the school year,
there wasn't a division of color anymore. The African children could walk
through the halls in freedom and acceptance. There was peace after the
storm and a breath of a new day.

cheryl groves from United States
Comment 15 of 176, added on February 23rd, 2005 at 5:53 PM.

ThisPoem had tears in my eyes this a veary beautyful poem .I am reading
this poem for black history mounth


Jasmine from United States
Comment 14 of 176, added on February 11th, 2005 at 10:41 PM.

THIS IS WHAT I NEED. I AM THE MISTRESS OF CEREMONY AT CHURCH.. I CAN MAKE
THIS COME ALIVE AGAIN. THE YOUNGER SET IS WHAT I POCUS ON. I AM GOING TO
E-MAIL YOU ALL BACK TO TELL YOU MORE.

Shondra Causey from United States
Comment 13 of 176, added on February 11th, 2005 at 11:40 AM.

I frist saw this peom on the back of a Church bulletin
in 1970, I have held on to it every since. Every time I
read it,its as if it the frist time. If only children of today know what a
proud people we are.

Corene from United States
Comment 12 of 176, added on February 9th, 2005 at 7:23 AM.

My first time reading this poem it was every special to me because Langston
went to the same school as my parents did,I think everyone should read this
poem and know that the struggle still go,s on. I plan on reading it and
dressing has a elderly women as a young lady praise dance at a homeless
shelter, I would like to thank my ancesters who paved the way so that I
might be free!

Brenda C. from United States
Comment 11 of 176, added on February 6th, 2005 at 5:36 PM.

I love this poem so much. When my daughter, whose now 24, was in the 6th
grade, she and I learned this poem, she needed to recite it in a contest.
Since then I try to get her to but she declines. So, I have taken to
reciting it at my church, I dress as a elderly mother with hat gloves,
cane, glassed and all. I become all that the poem is. Scary, (smile) my
daughters think so. The crowd always seem to enjoy it.

DD from United States
Comment 10 of 176, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 10:33 PM.

I've repeated this poem durng many black history programs. I like the poem
because it helps me to remember how my mother, Reba Shegog struggled to
raise 6 children as a single parent. It futher helps me realize that my
struggles are small compared to the mother in this poem. What's even more
shocking is that this negro mother is "real" and her struggles are "real".

cordella smith from United States
Comment 9 of 176, added on January 27th, 2005 at 4:40 PM.

I feel the poem is simply awesome and powerful. It truly explains the
trials from whence our forefathers and mothers came. I will be forever
grateful for those that blazed the way for our freedom and equality.

Judy C. Johnson from United States
Comment 8 of 176, added on January 26th, 2005 at 4:10 PM.

I really like this poem it tells a true story about the Depression time.

Ashley from United States
Comment 7 of 176, added on January 17th, 2005 at 7:40 PM.

This poem is so incredible! It it so provocative and breathtaking, at the
same time. Langston Hughes was an incredible poet that managed to bring
pride and dignity to Black people during a time where they must have felt
anything but. This poem is a must-read for every African-American!

Yoshua from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
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